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Laura Corin

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  1. 13 minutes ago, wintermom said:

    It is a very small island that's been highly populated for a LOOOOOOOOONG time. Makes sense that it's set up differently than North America.

    I believe that a lot of towns had paved 'sidewalks' before the roads were made up. Our car inspection regime is also pretty tight, so it's hard to run an old cheap car, so young people, elderly people and poor people tend to take buses. Schools in cities don't run special buses, you just take public transport or walk.

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  2. 1 hour ago, wintermom said:

    I love that article! Thanks so much for sharing. It's very inspiring.  And it's interesting that there is no mention of infrastructure, tax raise or climate. It's simply groups of people getting together and working with the facilities and activities they have, then planting the seeds of education and inspiration in individual people. 

    Some things are more likely to be already in place in the UK. Most towns are more compact and have pavements (sidewalks). Because of the expense of driving, there is more public transport available. It's not perfect, but it's better than much of the US for walking around, in my experience.

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  3. Pelvic floor exercises as I drive to work, My exercise scheduled in the family diary. Healthy food for the entire day packed the night before .Filling litre bottles of water and drinking them. Daily brisk lunchtime walks. New habit: walking 250 steps every hour through the work day.

    I use the Google suite, so my reminders from Keep feed into my calendar. Husband and I both use Google calendar and the whole family shares a grocery shopping list on Keep.

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  4. 5 hours ago, Tanaqui said:

     

    Little Black Sambo was published in 1899 and, oddly, is actually set in India. Hence the tigers. I know of three rewrites/updates, though I only recall the titles of two of them - The Story of Little Baba-ji (mostly the same text, they just did a search-and-replace on the names and illustrations) and Sam and the Tigers (updated text entirely). And one set in Maine with maple syrup, but darn if I can remember the title of that one.

    Yes, I know that LBS is older, but the edition I read was from my mother's childhood in the Thirties. It 'disappeared' when we cleared my mother's house, along with the coffee table made from the foot of a baby elephant shot by my grandfather.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Farrar said:

    I mean, Little Black Sambo is a book that I actually saw as a kid. People gave me black peddler dolls. 

    I grew up reading my mother's copy of Little Black Sambo, published in the 30s. I also knew that you should never call anyone Sambo. I somehow didn't connect the character's 'name' with the racial epithet at all. Mysterious.

    I don't remember people dressing up in blackface or brownface when I was a child in Britain, but I wouldn't have been surprised by it. I know I was made up darker (inaccurate anyway) to play in The King and I in around 1973.

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  6. The week is going better than recently - I'm busy but not having to do overtime, and I'm sleeping better.  I've taken brisk walks at lunchtime on Monday and Tuesday, went to a yoga class on Monday night, Nordic Walked on Tuesday night and have a Pilates class planned for tonight.  By chance I also had medical appointments on Monday and Wednesday, so that was an extra hour of walking-as-transportation.  I've also been doing fairly well at taking walks every hour at work.  12, 000 steps on Monday and Tuesday; at least 10,000 today.  I've done some mindfulness but not as much as I might hope.  No weights yet. 

    My weight is up a bit, but still in range - my brother and sister-in-law were staying at the weekend and we celebrated my mother's birthday, so cake and fizzy wine were consumed.

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  7. 10 hours ago, itsheresomewhere said:

    Getting evaluations is actually harder for adults.  It is easier getting them for kids.

    Just an example-  I know someone who should have had one as a child.  Growing up she always felt something wasn’t right with her but her parents refused to have her evaluated.  Once she was in college and struggled doing some stuff, a professor helped her figure out that she had a learning disorder and sent her in the right direction.  She will tell you that she still doesn’t understand why they didn’t get her help.  

    I work at a university. I do think it's somewhat unrealistic to expect an 18yo who is dealing with all the normal stresses of independence to also, from a standing start, get the evaluations that will allow the institution to put necessary structures and accommodations in place. At the very least, it is likely that many tests and essays will initially take place unaccommodated, then there may have to be a difficult appeals process. More likely is a leave of absence while things are sorted, then a later return, which is very disruptive and potentially expensive.

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  8. 7 hours ago, maize said:

    This looks like an attempt to impose one's own morality on others by shutting down points of view one disagrees with...

    For me, it depends how such statements are phrased.  I'm perfectly fine with 'I believe that gay marriage is bad for society'. Without the 'I believe' it seems in itself to shut down other points of view.

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  9. On 9/13/2019 at 5:30 PM, Matryoshka said:

    As far as menopause, my cycles are finally spacing out, like very recently, but now I have no idea if or when or how long... annoying!  I'm going in for a physical later this month - can they tell by hormone levels if I'm done or close to it????  But I also had that thought that I should lose the weight before I'd hit menopause and start that phase of life at a healthy weight since it is supposed to be so much harder after...

     

    On 9/13/2019 at 9:18 PM, Laura Corin said:

    For what it's worth I lost around sixteen pounds this year and have kept them off for almost six months. I didn't find it unusually hard. I'm five years post menopausal.

     

    On 9/14/2019 at 12:58 PM, soror said:

    You have made it look easy but you are also on the other side fully in menopause, I'm at the beginning of peri and all that fun. Most women gain during peri, especially in their belly. I won't go down without a fight but I want to be prepared for changes.

    I didn't mean to make it sound as if peri-menopause was easy as far as weight control was concerned - I gained the weight during it that I have now lost.  When Matroyshka said 'before I'd hit menopause'  and 'after' I was thinking about actual menopause (when the periods stop) rather than the peri-menopausal stage.

    Crazy busy again this week.  Managed my lunchtime walks, one good Pilates class and some small sessions of mindfulness.  I'm hoping that the coming week I'll be able to start getting back to normal.  Next weekend I'm driving Hobbes back to University, but I'm hoping to do some hiking in Yorkshire on the way back.

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  10. 3 hours ago, Matryoshka said:

      I'm going in for a physical later this month - can they tell by hormone levels if I'm done or close to it????  But I also had that thought that I should lose the weight before I'd hit menopause and start that phase of life at a healthy weight since it is supposed to be so much harder after...
     

    Yes, they can do a blood test for menopausal hormone levels. Levels can fluctuate though, so you need two spaced tests for it to be definitive.

    For what it's worth I lost around sixteen pounds this year and have kept them off for almost six months. I didn't find it unusually hard. I'm five years post menopausal.

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  11. 6 hours ago, maize said:

    People don't know what we don't tell them.

    My husband used to give me birthday cards from the common store of cards that we keep in the house. It really hurt me that he didn't bother to choose me a card, but instead gave me one that I had picked up while running through a charity shop. Once I told him, he never did it again - the issue had not previously occurred to him, but now he knows it matters to me. He has a calendar entry to remind him to buy a card.

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  12. 7 hours ago, wintermom said:

    My food plan for the next month is to go gluten and dairy free. I'm not 100% sure I have celiac, but it's a strong possibility. I want to see if a gluten free diet helps with some painful symptoms I've been having for a while. I'm sure I'll lose a little weight doing this, which will be good this time of year. I usually put on 5 pounds in the fall. At least that's a positive. 😉 

    Remember that if you want to be tested for coeliac, I believe you need to keep on the gluten so as to not confuse the tests.

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